On this day: South Africans commemorate 5 years since Madiba’s passing

On this day: South Africans commemorate 5 years since Madiba’s passing

Today marks five years since South Africa's first democratic president, Nelson Mandela, passed away at his Houghton home on 5 December, 2013.

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Tata Madiba, as he was fondly known, was 95 years old at the time. He would have turned one hundred years old this year had he been alive.

Throughout the year, South Africans have been marking what would have been Madiba's centenary. They have similarly taken to social media to commemorate five years since his passing.

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Madiba's life inspired millions of people around the world. He was born on 18 July, 1918 in Mvezo, Eastern Cape.

As Briefly.co.za noted previously, he was among the founding members of the ANC Youth League in 1944.

He was intricately involved in the ANC's anti-apartheid activism, including the 1952 Defiance Campaign and formation of uMkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation) in 1961.

This led to Madiba's arrest in 1963 on charges of sabotage in the Rivonia Trial. The apartheid regime sentenced him to life in prison at Robben Island along with other stalwarts such as Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki.

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Mandela was finally released in 1990 and became South Africa's president after the first democratic elections in 1994.

He famously championed the reconciliation project in a bid to heal the wounds of apartheid. After retiring in 1999, Madiba became one of the world's most authoritative moral voices.

He lent his stature to various causes such as conflict resolution and the fight against HIV/Aids. South Africa and the world mourned collectively when he passed away in 2013.

Below are some reactions on social media remembering one of the world's greatest statesmen.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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